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J. Forst - Pair of Early 20th Century Oils, Portraits of Fishermen



A charming pair of miniature portrait paintings depicting fishermen drinking and smoking pipes. Both artworks are identical in size and have plaques inscribed 'J. Forst' although there is little information of the artist's origin. Paintings depicting coastal life and postcard portraits of elderly fishermen were popular throughout the 19th and early 20th century. With the rise of the middle classes came a demand for highly decorative artworks with a rural aesthetic and which romanticised working life. Hoping to elevate their status and gain cultural kudos, ornately framed artworks such as these were prevalent in the middle class home. Numbered and inscribed with German names 'Kleine Starkung' and 'Neueste Nachrichten' on the reverse. Impressively presented in ornate plaster frames with floral detail and gilt slip. Signed. On board.


Inspection under UV light reveals some retouching to the paint. There is also some craquelure to the brown paint pigment, visible on both artworks. There are some losses to the plaster ornament on the first artwork pictured.


15.5 x 11cm (6.1" x 4.3")
Framed Size: 35 x 31cm (13.8" x 12.2")

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Code kj088
Artist J. Forst
Date Early 20th Century
Dimensions 15.5 x 11cm
Framed Yes
Medium Oil
Style Realism
Subject Portrait
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